TriAgri Farm Center Event

Continuing a fall tradition, Oklahoma and North Texas growers met on Oct. 2 at the TriAgri Farm Center in Coleman, Oklahoma for a processing plant tour, update from the Hamilton family, and a delicious barbecue dinner. Mark Hamilton led the group through the cleaning plant and emphasized that the pecans are “never touched by hand”...

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2018 Crop Estimates

Here are the 2018 crop estimates as predicted at the TriState Conference and Texas Pecan Growers Conference this Summer. This was the first year in a long while to break with tradition. Last year was Kyle Brookshier’s last crop estimate; this year newly appointed  TPGA president Lalo Medina gave the Texas estimate. At the TriState Conference,...

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Two pecans breaking out of their shucks.

Q&A with Lead Researcher on Recent Pecan Nutrition Study Tufts University

Conducted by researchers at Tufts University, a new pecan study was recently published in Nutrients, an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal. This study, titled “A Pecan-Rich Diet Improves Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” examined the link between eating pecans and risk for cardiometabolic diseases in adults who were...

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A Glimpse at Pecans in California

The team at Kern farm places great importance on soil health. After shredding up limbs from hedging, Felipe Ramirez, farm manager, leads the team in compacting those shredded limbs into the soil. This is one way orchard employees work to bring nutrients back to the soil. Ramirez also says this helps to keep the ground...

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Editor’s Current Favorites

As the pecan industry’s leading publication, it should come as no surprise that we love pecans. As editor of Pecan South, I’m constantly on the lookout for new and interesting pecan recipes—not only to feature in the magazine, but also to use at home since my freezer is currently overrun with our favorite nut. This...

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Hello Dolly Bars Recipe

Hello Dolly Bars Submitted by Intisar Seraaj, pecan lover Prep 10 minutes | Total 40 minutes | Serves 12 bars Ingredients 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 3 cups (about a 13 1/2 ounce box) graham cracker crumbs 2 cups (about 12 ounces) dark or semisweet chocolate chips 2 cups (about 8 ounces) pecans,...

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USPGC: “China Lowers Tariff on Pecans”

The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China announced on Nov. 22 that the tariff on some imported products, including pecans, will be lowered to 7 percent starting on Dec. 1, 2017. This announcement came a month after Kevin Ivey, president of the U.S. Pecan Growers Council, visited with Chinese pecan growers, toured farms...

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Around the Industry: Weber Shandwick Team Finishes Immersion Tours in the Southeast

As growers rushed into harvest last month, the American Pecan Council’s Weber Shandwick team embarked on its final immersion tour. This time the group visited Georgia. Team members witnessed harvest, learned how pecan production varies in the Southeast, and met with local growers and industry members. MASON PECANS, FORT VALLEY, GEORGIA— An employee at Mason Farms collects...

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Pecan Pie: A Time-Honored Tradition

Thanksgiving is upon us yet again. It’s time to celebrate family and friends and to cherish all of the blessings in our lives. This American holiday wouldn’t be complete without a delicious pecan pie, which has become a symbol of the holiday season and the South. But how did it get that way? And who...

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Industry Updates & Happenings

  HOW IT’S MADE, OCT. 2017— While filming the harvesting process at Sorrells Farms, the film crew worried over the possibility of standing in fire ants and asked the Texans present, multiple times, if they were. It’s safe to say, they escaped unscathed. (Photos by Blair Krebs)   HOW IT’S MADE, OCT. 2017— Kinley and...

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Don Pallet

Don Bailey Pallett, 81, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2017 in Granbury, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Aug. 23, 1936 in Brady, Texas. Preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; Don is survived by his son Michael, daughter-in-law Holly, and granddaughter Hannah Pallett. Don was the retired General...

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Crop Estimates Graph & USDA 2016

The chart above shows Littlepage’s and Brookshier’s estimates from the TriState and TPGA conferences respectively. It also shows the USDA numbers of production in 2016. USDA released its annual production report for 2016 in early July. A number of states have no data reported and are marked with an “NA” instead of a “D” for...

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A green tractor pulls equipment through a pecan orchard during harvest season.

From Around the Pecan Industry

NO PRETTIER SIGHT! Georgia photographer Gary Cutrell of Fort Valley captured this beautiful pecan harvest scene in Peach County, Georgia, and was generous enough to share it with Pecan South readers.   JIMENUEZ 2017 — The Jimenez, Mexico, Pecan Growers Association hosted its annual conference, known as Jimenuez, in April. The association’s board organizes the...

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American Pecan Council Hires Executive Director

The American Pecan Council announced May 11 that Byron Gossett is its newly hired administrative consultant and acting executive director. The Council convened via conference call on May 8 and voted unanimously to offer the position to Gossett. APC’s Governance Committee voted to recommend Gossett for the position after numerous meetings, personal interviews, and reference...

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New Pecan Tree Insurance has May 15 Deadline

Pecan growers now have a new risk management tool beginning with the 2018 crop year, which runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. AgriLogic Consulting of College Station, Texas completed the development of the program in conjunction with a number of state and regional pecan grower associations and by working with industry representatives...

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SEPGA Conference Sign-Up Underway

Information is available and registration for the Southeastern Pecan Growers Conference Feb. 24-25 in Biloxi is underway at the association’s website. The event will take place at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi. For more information visit the website or contact SEPGA Executive Secretary Vicki Jenkins, 662-902-1637.

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American Pecan Council Continues Set-Up Work

The American Pecan Council continues to deal with the details of implementing the new federal marketing order for pecans. In a conference call meeting on Jan. 20, Council treasurer G.L. Straley indicated that a bank account would be activated soon. The pecan industry will be notified as soon as possible when the Council is prepared...

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Pecan Scientists to Meet March 21-24 at Noble

Pecan scientists get together for a national meeting every few years and the 2017 gathering will take place March 21-24 at The Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Charles Rohla, the manager of Noble’s Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture, has announced that scientists wishing to make a presentation at the event need to submit a...

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SEPGA, WPGA Offering Online Registration Now

Two regional pecan organizations will be hosting their annual conferences soon and registration is currently underway. The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association will meet Feb. 24-25 at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the Western Pecan Growers Association will convene March 5-7 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To register, visit the online sites for...

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Study Shows Eating Nuts Have Body-wide Benefits

An international group of researchers, publishing in the journal BMC Medicine, analyzed 29 studies about nuts and health outcomes and found that daily consumption of nuts may help prevent heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, and diabetes. In their review, which included data on more than 800,000 people, they found dramatic body-wide benefits for eating nuts....

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Pecans Well Represented at Fresh Summit Show

The pecan industry was well-represented at the Oct. 14-16 Produce Marketing Association’s 67th Annual Fresh Summit Convention in Orlando, Florida. Two associations and four individual companies had booths to showcase pecans to buyers at the annual event, which attracted 20,889 attendees from 65 countries. Over 1,200 exhibitors participated. The exhibiting companies showcased new products, trends,...

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Registration Ongoing for Western Pecan Shortcourse

New Mexico State University is offering its Western Pecan Production Shortcourse, Oct. 17-19, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Registration is underway and may be completed online. The registration fee is $350 for the two days of classroom instruction plus a full-day field trip to local pecan farms in Las Cruces....

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TPGA Tour Recap

In addition to pecan production, Swift River Pecan east of San Marcos, TX, processes huge trees and logs into lumber suitable for furniture and other uses. The Texas Pecan Growers conference attendees had the opportunity to tour the operation during the July annual meeting. Troy Swift has two large kilns and a number of large...

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Brison Scholarship Recipient

The Texas Pecan Growers Association annually sponsors the Fred Brison Scholarship, given to a horticulture student at Texas A&M University. The 2016 recipient was named April 9 at a TAMU awards event. Recipient Victoria Soledad De Leon, center, is working on a bachelor’s degree in fruit and nut production. Also pictured is Dr. Dan Lineberger,...

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Georgia Hosts 51st Conference and Trade Show

Georgia pecan growers gathered in late March for education and interaction with commercial exhibitors at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. The event was the association’s 51st annual conference, which drew a hefty crowd of both large and small growers. GPGA President Brad Ellis presided over the two-day gathering that was launched with a golf...

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USDA Suspends Important Fruit and Nut Report

On Jan. 7, this notice regarding the statistical report for noncitrus fruits and nuts was published by USDA: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will not publish the Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts Preliminary 2015 Summary scheduled for Jan. 21. We will publish the Annual Summary on July 6, 2016. This...

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Matching Funds Essential for MAP Export Program

Randy Hudson, president of the National Pecan Growers Council, and Bruce Caris, chair of the National Pecan Shellers Association, are asking pecan stakeholders to continue supporting the NPGC’s MAP export initiative with monetary contributions. Hudson said recently, “The international marketing of U.S. pecans through the MAP and U.S. Pecans’ effort has contributed millions of dollars...

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Winners Named From Regional Texas Pecan Shows

County pecan shows around Texas are wrapped up, and the 3 regional shows followed in early December. Here are the results from those 3 regional contests, all coordinated by Monte Nesbitt. The East Regional Pecan Show was held in Fulshear, Texas, on Dec. 4. The competition included 160 entries from 10 different Texas counties. Judges...

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SEPGA Registration Now Open

Registration is now underway for the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association’s annual conference, to be held Feb. 26-27 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida. Visit the association’s website for a link to conference registration and hotel reservation information. The group rate at the resort is $163. The SEPGA room block will be held...

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NPSA to Meet March 22-24 in New Orleans

The National Pecan Shellers Association will meet March 22-24 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans for its mid-winter meeting. Current NPSA Chairman Bruce Caris will preside over a NPSA board strategic planning session on March 22. The General Session begins at 8:30 a.m. on March 23. Topics on the agenda that morning include:...

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Perk Up Festivities With Pecan Appetizers

Food blogs abound on the internet today. And almost every blogger can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media as well as at their own websites. Most bloggers are also accomplished photographers as well and offer up mouth-watering images of their recipes. In view of upcoming events such as New Year’s Eve and...

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Forry Unveils New Facility for Dehulling

Lincoln Forry of Forry Orchards in Colusa, California was anxiously awaiting completion of his new multi-million dollar dehulling/drying plant in October and hoping to get walnut and pecan processing underway this season. His sophisticated new facility sits beside the older plant, which was kept in operation until the new plant could be started up. Walnut...

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Around the Industry

FAST-PACED RETIREMENT — California pecan grower and sheller Brian Blain retired from the pecan business some time ago and now pursues his exciting hobby of collecting, restoring and racing old cars. Most of his cars are shiny with an “off the charts” wow factor. But even the rustically displayed Model T below is in running...

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Linwood Nursery Celebration

LINWOOD NURSERY CELEBRATES 100 YEARS — Linwood Nursery of LaGrange, California marked its first 100 years of service to the pecan industry with a Grower Appreciation Day on Oct. 16. Attendees were treated to breakfast, an educational program, lunch and tour. In top photo, Jason Hall, left, and Joel Hall were presented with resolutions from...

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NPSA Hears From Federal Agencies on Pecan Reporting

The National Pecan Shellers Association held its annual meeting Sept. 10-12 in Washington D.C. and took advantage of the opportunity to invite spokesmen from federal agencies to update the group on issues of interest to the pecan industry. Three speakers addressed various aspects of reports pertinent to the pecan industry and fielded questions from the...

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NPSA Annual Meeting

NPSA ANNUAL MEETING — At left, past NPSA chair Helen Watts presents a pecan bowl to outgoing chair Jerry Dowdy as a token of NPSA’s appreciation for his leadership of the association. Bruce Caris is incoming chair. Below, Tony Halstead and Daphne Schauber of USDA answered questions on pecan reporting during the Sept. 10-12 event...

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SEPGA conference Feb. 27-28 at Grand Hotel resort

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual convention, Feb. 27-28, at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort at Point Clear, Alabama. Registration is underway and the hotel reservation cut-off date is approaching. To reserve accommodations at the Grand Hotel, call 800-544-9933 before Feb. 13.  The SEPGA group rate is $150. Or attendees can access...

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Texas Pecan Show Snapshots

REGIONAL PECAN SHOW — From left, Bill Ree and Monte Nesbitt judge the West Texas Pecan Show in San Angelo in December while County Horticulturist Allison Watkins and grower Chester McCown look on. Top entries from the three regional shows were collected and preserved for more judging next July at the Texas State Pecan Show,...

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Marketing order sessions continue

USDA Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos recently told an audience of pecan growers gathered in New Mexico that insisting on always doing things the way your fathers did them is not a path to success. “Nothing ever stays the same. If you want to be successful, you must change. It is...

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Louisiana loses stalwart pecan supporter Meadows

The Louisiana pecan industry lost a great friend, a mentor, a leader and “prime mover” with the recent passing of Dr. Warren Meadows, according to pecan grower Ben Littlepage. Meadows’ contributions to the pecan industry in the state were huge, Littlepage said, particularly with regard to the Pecan Research Station near Shreveport. Meadows took the...

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Noble Foundation to host workshop on pecan investment

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will host a Pecan 101 workshop to show farmers the investment potential of pecans. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Ardmore’s Southern Oklahoma Technology Center. Noble Foundation consultants will detail the fundamental steps of initiating a new pecan enterprise. Participants...

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Allergy-free cashews could be available soon

Allergy-free nuts are just a few years away, say U.S. scientists. The team of scientists have revealed that they are close to developing a cashew nut that can be eaten by nut allergy sufferers, after discovering how to modify the dangerous proteins which trigger deadly reactions. The study was presented in August at the National...

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American Pecan Board hosts USDA delegation

The American Pecan Board, a relatively new organization, is currently in the process of staging regional meetings across the pecan belt to inform and receive feedback on a potential federal marketing order for pecans. The board is recommending that the industry establish such a plan. There are many details to be worked out, according to...

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USDA reinstates pecan crop report

USDA has recently released the summary for the 2013 pecan crop, a report which was dropped a year ago due to budget cutbacks and then reinstated after considerable industry feedback. The report, shown on opposite page, gives state by state production for both natives and improved varieties. For 2013, USDA reports the utilized production for the entire...

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Center for Pecan Innovation focuses on new food uses

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Pecans (Georgia Pecan Commission) announced earlier this year the establishment of the Center for Pecan Innovation to find new uses for America’s Nut. “Our initial focus will be new food products made from pecans, which is one of the most nutritious tree nuts,” says John Robison, chairman of the...

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Cold storage pecans total 264 million lbs.

According to USDA’s latest cold storage report, there were approximately 264 million pounds of pecans, on an inshell basis, in cold storage at the end of June. That number is reached by converting the 55.624 million pounds of meats to an inshell number and then adding that number to the actual inshell number which is 137.696...

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Cold storage totals 310 million

Pecans in cold storage at the end of March 2014 included 50 million pounds of shelled meats and almost 200 million pounds of inshell pecans. When these two numbers are converted to an inshell total, the inshell equivalent of 310 million pounds remained in cold storage inventories throughout the U.S. That compares with 313 million...

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OSU offers pecan management course beginning March 11

The 2014 Fundamentals of Pecan Management course offered by Oklahoma State University will offer seasoned growers or those new to the industry a wealth of research-based information. The goal of the course is to provide an in-depth experience, both in the classroom and hands-on in the orchard, for current and prospective pecan growers, said Becky...

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DFA offers validation workshop for nut processors

The DFA of California, also known as the American Council for Food Safety and Quality, is offering a validation class for nut processors on April 2 in Monterey. The course costs $150 and covers sanitation practices, pathogen reduction/pasteurization and testing with surrogate organisms. The goal of the class is to prepare nut processors for compliance...

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Cottage Food Law expands in Texas

Recent changes by the 83rd Texas Legislature to the Texas Cottage Food Law now make it permissible to sell nonperishable coated and uncoated nuts from one’s home. Sales must be face-to-face with the consumer and includes selling at some farmer’s markets, fairs, festivals and non-profit events. Online sales are prohibited as well as any other...

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New book features industry history, personalities

DeWayne McCasland of Goldthwaite, Texas, has just published a new book entitled “They Must Have Been Nuts: The Innovators, Speculators and Giant Personalities Who Created the Modern Pecan Industry.” The hardback is 146 pages of interesting reading with chapters covering “From the Beginning to the Present”, “Step-by-Step the Pecan Industry Moves Forward”, “Risk”, “Growers”, “Accumulators”,...

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Pecans enjoy more positive publicity

The November issue of Saveur magazine, featured Georgia pecans in a 7-page article called “Southern Belle: The pecan, the South’s favorite nut, adds buttery, earthy richness to all sorts of holiday foods.” Saveur is a food, wine and travel magazine that specializes in various world culinary cuisines. More than 1.5 million people read the magazine...

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Georgia Pecan Commission Exhibits at Nutrition and Dietitian Conference

The Georgia Pecan Commission exhibited at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Houston, Texas, Oct. 19-21, 2013. Advisory board members/spokespersons registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil, Dr. Ron Pegg and registered dietitian Densie Webb made appearances in the Georgia Pecans booth to answer nutritional questions and spread the “antioxiNUT”...

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Georgia Pecans on CBS and Pinterest

As Georgia Pecan Month and the harvest season approach, the Georgia Pecan Commission has been marketing Georgia Pecans on a national platform. The Commission conducted desk-side editorial meetings with editors of food and health magazines such as Fitness, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Women’s Health, Self, Weight Watcher’s and Ladies’ Home Journal. The Commission also coordinated Georgia-based...

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Chef Hugh Acheson sits on a porch.

Georgia Pecans visits the Big Apple

In advance of Georgia Pecan Month and the upcoming harvest season, celebrity chef and cookbook author Hugh Acheson joined a Georgia Pecan Commission representative in New York City to conduct desk-side editorial meetings with key editors of consumer, food and health magazines. Acheson is the chef and partner of three restaurants, Five and Ten, and...

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Shellers host meeting Sept. 5-7 in Austin, TX

The National Pecan Shellers Association will hold its annual meeting Sept. 5-7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. Golf, registration and a reception will comprise activities on Sept. 5. The program lineup on Sept. 6 will feature “Trends in Health, Snacking and Opportunities for Nuts on the Menu,” “Pecans in Gluten-Free, Diabetic Friendly Baking”,...

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Portrait of USDA entomologist Walker Louis Tedders

USDA’s Louis Tedders passes away July 6

Well known USDA entomologist Walker Louis Tedders, 78, passed away on July 6, 2013, at Heart of Georgia Hospice Inpatient Care after an extended illness. Funeral Services were held July 8 at Perry United Methodist Church, Perry, Georgia. Louis Tedders was born in Albany, Georgia, to the late Walker Louis Tedders Sr. and Thelma Wallace...

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Georgia Pecan Commission launches summer projects

The Georgia Pecan Commission is turning the heat up this summer with media relations and a new website design. During Heart Awareness Month in February, registered dietitian Kim Beavers, host of Eating Well with Kim, discussed Georgia Pecans and the Commission on Augusta, Georgia, television station CBS 12 (WRDW). Beavers whipped up a Georgia Pecan...

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TriState conference set for Vicksburg

Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi pecan grower associations are preparing to host the TriState Pecan Convention, June 20-21, at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. This year’s event will kick off with an orchard tour on Thursday morning. Mississippi Pecan Growers Association President Joe Buzhardt is planning the orchard program which will be followed by...

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OPGA planning annual meet in Ardmore

This year’s Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Annual Convention will be held in Ardmore at the Ardmore Convention Center on June 27-29. The educational program has been structured to brief growers on pecan production and current issues facing the pecan industry. Dan Zedan will be speaking on the market crash of 2012, and George Ray McEachern...

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TPGA to raffle Polaris Ranger

The Texas Pecan Growers Association will again raffle a Polaris Ranger 500 at the upcoming annual TPGA Conference and Trade Show in July. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 200 tickets will be sold. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle will support pecan research, Extension and promotional projects. The TPGA event...

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NASS suspends pecan estimates due to sequestration

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service announced on March 12 that it is suspending a number of statistical surveys and reports for the remainder of the fiscal year due to reduced funding caused by sequestration. Before deciding upon the program suspensions, NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission- and user-based criteria as well as the amount...

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Royalty Pecan issues challenge for pecan recipes

April is National Pecan Month and Royalty Pecan Farms near Caldwell, Texas, is celebrating by hosting the annual Royalty Pecans Recipe Challenge. The challenge is to think outside the pie and submit recipes that feature heart-healthy, nutritious pecans and go beyond the traditional pecan pie and candy recipes that are easy to find. Food lovers...

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San Saba Field Day set for May 6

The San Saba County (Texas) Pecan Field Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday, May 6, at the San Saba Civic Center in Mill Pond Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. This annual field day has enjoyed excellent attendance over the years, offering topics for commercial growers, small landowners and...

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Central Texas event gets new venue

The Central Texas Pecan Shortcourse, scheduled for April 9, will take place at the First Baptist Youth Center in Goldthwaite, Texas – which is a change from previous years. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a $20 fee that includes lunch. An RSVP by April 5 is requested – contact Tom Guthrie at t-guthrie@ tamu.edu...

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USDA Crop Report 2012, shows size of pecan crop across the U.S. as well as the price per pound

USDA crop report reflects lower prices

USDA published its Preliminary Summary of the 2012 pecan crop in late January, with estimated production dropping from 308.6 million pounds to 302.8 million. The only significant change was a 4 million pound drop in New Mexico’s estimate. The significant, but not surprising, information in the recent USDA report is the confirmation of lower prices paid to...

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Georgia Pecan Commission spreads pecan message

The Georgia Pecan Commission continues to promote Georgia pecans to consumers in both traditional media and social media. Promotions include a New York City media tour that featured desk-side meetings with editors of popular consumer magazines, a Facebook contest and an editorial push in November during Georgia Pecan Month highlighting the health benefits of pecans...

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Pecan prices low, consumption strong

Prices paid to growers for U.S. pecans have plummeted as this season has progressed. Some growers are putting pecans into cold storage and others have pecans stacked in their barns debating what to do with them. Pecan meat prices are also lower, especially for pieces. With a significant portion of the large-nut in-shell crop going...

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Shellers group to meet Feb. 6-8

The National Pecan Shellers Association will conduct its Mid Winter Meeting Feb. 6-8 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. For information on the event, contact Jacque Knight at JKnight@kel lencompany.com or 404-252-3663. An impressive slate of speakers will participate including Diane McKay of Tufts University who will provide an overview and expected outcomes of the NPSA-funded...

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INC reports plans for upcoming tree nut projects

For a number of years, the pecan industry has been contributing $50,000 per year to the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation (INC NREF). The pecan industry’s funds have come from the National Pecan Shellers Association, the Texas Pecan Growers Association, Western Pecan Growers Association and the Georgia Pecan Commodity Commission. Other...

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Carry-in stocks total 123 million

USDA’s end-of-September Cold Storage report puts pecan stocks at 123 million pounds, in-shell basis. This Sept. 30 number is utilized by the pecan industry as the “carry in” for the current season. The 123 million compares to 151 million at the end of August 2012. At the end of September last year, the cold storage...

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Texas Shortcourse opens registration

Registration for the annual Texas Pecan Shortcourse is underway. The 2013 event is set for Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 at Texas A&M University in College Station. This five-day event is a comprehensive overview of pecan orchard management. Cost is $150 for growers and $50 for spouses and children, county Extension agents and students. The...

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Cropland 18% of U.S. total

The USDA Economic Research Service recently reported, “The United States has a total land area of nearly 2.3 billion acres. In 2007, the major land uses were forestland at 30%; grassland pasture and rangeland at 27%; cropland 18%; special uses (primarily parks and wildlife areas) 14%; miscellaneous uses (like tundra or swamps) 9%; and urban...

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Sara Hines, former head of SEPGA, passes away

Sara Virginia Hines, former executive secretary of the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association, passed away on Nov. 11, 2011 just a few months before she would have been 100 years old. Mrs. Hines was well known within the pecan industry for her energetic and gracious leadership. Her son, Chesley Hines Jr., provided the following obituary, which...

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Georgia Pecan Commission introduces AntioxiNUT campaign

The Georgia Pecan Commission has launched health-focused promotion and education programs to support Georgia’s 2011 fall pecan harvest. The Commission has recently initiated a new campaign to educate consumers about the high content of antioxidants in pecans. “The goal is to motivate consumers about the positive health benefits and the high Georgia Pecan Commission introduces...

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North Carolina Loses Pecan Leader Bill Bunn

The North Carolina pecan industry has lost a devoted and enthusiastic leader, Bill Bunn, who passed away on Sept. 30. He was 76 years old. Billy Rogers “Bill” Bunn was a founding member and the only president the North Carolina Pecan Growers Association ever had “because of his excellent and relentless efforts on behalf of...

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Program Announced for Arizona Grower Meeting

The Arizona Pecan Growers Association will meet for its annual meeting Friday, Sept. 16 at the Palo Verde Holiday Inn in Tucson. A block of rooms at the hotel has been reserved for attendees. For reservations, call the Holiday Inn at 520-746-1161. AGENDA Sept. 16, 2011 7:30 a.m.            Registration – (Refreshments courtesy of Kelly Pope,...

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Alabama Readies for Upcoming Annual Meeting

The Alabama Pecan Growers Association will host its 51st annual conference on Sept. 15 at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope, Alabama. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for attendees at the Holiday Inn Express in Fairhope. Group rate is $89. Call the hotel at 251-928-9191 for reservations. The evening prior...

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Texas Pecan IPM Team Wins Superior Service Award

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Pecan Integrated Pest Management team has been awarded the Superior Service Award. The nine-member team was recognized for “their work in developing and implementing a program that has culminated in a computerized information delivery system to provide real-time information to pecan growers throughout Texas and other pecan...

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Thanking the Commissioner

THANKING THE COMMISSIONER — The Georgia Pecan Commodity Commission honored retiring Georgia Ag Commissioner Tommy Irvin, center, for 42 years in his position, making him the longest serving ag commissioner ever, according to commission president Duke Lane, right. Lane, along with Chop Evans, left, presented Irvin with this pecan wood plaque made by grower and commission...

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Bergeron Family Celebrates 100 Years In Shelling Business

Three generations and millions and millions of pecans later, Bergeron’s Pecans of New Roads, Louisiana, celebrated on Sept. 5 the 100th anniversary of the family-owned and operated shelling business. Hundreds of friends and community members filled False River Country Club for the occasion, including Louisiana State Rep. Major Thibaut and Sheriff Bud Torres as wells Louisiana...

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